Waxmoth larvae safe behind their tough silken blanket video

February 20, 2014

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Bumblebees and their ecology, Gardening For Wildlife

The major pest of bumblebees, the wax moth (Aphomia sociella)

Read more about this little moth here

See how my new bumblebee nest box thwarts pests including wax moth by using an anti wax moth flap, and has a wax moth monitoring system build into it

For more information about bumblebees join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Marian February 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

Horrible! We bought a bumble bee box a few years ago that was occupied by bumble bees they were very active all through the summer a wonderful sight to watch. When I viewed from the Perspex panel I was horrified to see this silky web formed over the top, unfortunately I didn’t know about you George then So phoned the BB Conservation who described what wax moth does, and sure enough these horrible grubs were very active and had destroyed the bumble nest. Horrible. I couldn’t believe the speed at which this happens.
By the way george spotted a very big bumble bee on our only very sunny day here around the stone walls in our garden.

Cheers for now George, Marian


nurturingnature February 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I have had numerous wax moth infestations over the years….. hence my determination to try and help bumblebees which to date the anti wax moth flap has done up to now! Cheers, George


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